Waha Nui – 5/14/14

Kaneohe’s Roxanne Bruhn addressed her class May 10 at UH West Oahu’s first-ever graduation ceremony. An outstanding student, Roxanne earned her degree with distinction in public administration, is a 30-year military veteran and recently finished an internship at the state’s intelligence agency for gathering threat information, Hawaii Fusion Center. Did I also mention she’s a wife, mother of five and grandmother of seven? Next step: graduate studies … Shane Andrew K. Hipa (Kalaheo 2011) has graduated from Air National Guard basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas …


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Brian Uchida

d.k Steak House plans a Shinsato Hog Farms Food Festival May 21-23, plus “A Night to Pig Out” May 20, featuring the Kahaluu family farm’s best in a seven-course feast (931-6280) … Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network honors Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Ken Ito Thursday as Legislators of the Year at its annual awards night at Dole Ballrooms. Also in the spotlight is Governing Board Member of the Year K. Kehau Glassco of Ke Kula o Samuel Kamakau charter school in Kaneohe, and others … Kaneohe’s Brian Uchida is now assistant vice president of Honolulu HomeLoans, bringing 32 years of experience to the job … A new state College & Career Readiness Indicator report has listed Kalaheo as one of the top five Hawaii public schools for college enrollment rates (65 percent) …

Kaneohe’s Tod Gushiken has joined WCIT Architecture as project coordinator after work in California, where he did a variety of projects, including 3-D modeling … Award-winning Kailua woodcarver Keith Maile has his handsome pieces on view now through May 31 at Louis Pohl Gallery downtown (521-1812) … Former Kamehameha Schools chief, Kailua’s Dee Jay Mailer, was sworn in May 6 to President Barack Obama‘s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders … Ray Snyder won a mere 365 cups of McCafe coffee, not 5,110 cups, as reported last week